I now have a different appreciation of Charlene’s one hit wonder “I’ve never been to me.”  It’s been at times interpreted as a song of whores 😀 Well, it is on our part of the world so I never really took notice of the lyrics, I accidentally listened to it the other day and made me curious especially the spoken part that goes  “Hey, you know what paradise is? It’s a lie, a fantasy we create about people and places as we’d like them to be. But you know what truth is? It’s that little baby you’re holding, and it’s that man you fought with this morning; The same one you’re going to make love with tonight! That’s truth, that’s love……”


So for today I am featuring Charlene’s original version, a sleeper hit and the Japanese version whose message is the opposite of the former. The Japanese version is sang by a married woman and is often used as a wedding song. I included the lyrics in case you feel like singing.

Love is all/Ai Wo Kikasete
Shiina Megumi

Osanai koro ni egaiteta
Soshite itsu shika wasureta yume no tsuzuki ga
Anata ni atte ima azayaka ni
Kono mune ni michite iku ah mezameteku
Love is all
Onna nara nani yori mo ai wo erabu wa
Tatoe sore ga kurushimi demo kamawanai
Sou yo
Tookutemo taisetsu na mono ga mieru kara
Ikite ikeru
You know my love is true

Aenai yoru no kazu dake
Shinjiru koto wo oboete iku wa
Nageku koto yori nani ga dekiru ka wo
Kyou mo mata tashikamete ah me wo tojiru

Love is all
Dare datte yowai kara ai saretai wa
Itsu datte nukumori ga hoshiku naru
Anata igai no hito wa ai senai kara
Tsuyoku nareru
You know my love is true

Love is all
Ai dake wa koerareru subete no mono wo
Shinjitsu no ai naraba nemuranai
Sweet fairy
I’m waiting what you just take out me
It’s really my dream
I want the wedding bell
Everything is you

I want the wedding bell
Everything is you

I want the wedding bell
Everything is you

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